May 17 2015
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Every Day is Earth Day!

Every Day is Earth Day! 

We are doing a small part to make by offsetting our direct impacts on Portland by buying carbon offsets through [Sustainable Travel International] in the Darien Region of Columbia.

What is Being Factored in our Purchase of Carbon Offsets?

The methodology used to factor in the offset only considered the direct impacts from hosting the event on behalf of the organizers and the impacts related to attending the event at the destination. When Competitor Group chooses to offset the emissions from organizing and attending the event, it is considering the average impact of spending one day in Portland, renting private vehicles to facilitate the event, shipping the event materials to the destination, and the energy used to run the event space during the day.

As Competitor Group is choosing to offset its direct impacts in the destination and those direct impacts on behalf of its runners on-site, it encourages all attendees to do their own part and offset their individual carbon footprint online before or after the race.

About the Chocó-Darién Corridor Project

Located on 9,910 hectares of cloud forest in the Darien Region of Colombia, Chocó-Darién is the first REDD+ project developed in South America and the world’s first REDD+ project to be issued credits for conservation activities carried out on a community-owned, collective land title.

Additionally, this project comes from the creation of a fund that will establish alternatives to  conversion threats from livestock, agriculture, and logging in the corridor. In total, 14 different initiatives will benefit from the fund that must adhere to either building capacity effective management to enforce conservation of the land or developing economic alternatives and incentives to conversion.

Implementation of the project will create forty full and part time jobs in the community and at least 50% of nets profits will be invested in alternative livelihoods development for local populations. The corridor contains two world heritage sites with at least 86 locally known endemic species.

The Chocó-Darién Corridor is a REDD+ project that been verified by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).

Learn More on Sustainable Travel International’s website.